Friday 6th March 2015
Housing and Homelessness News

National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) Update
Following the open letter from CEOs of 60 homelessness agencies to the Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison, national peak Homelessness Australia (HA) has been contacted by more than ten members of Parliament requesting meetings regarding the NPAH. Efforts continue to highlight the ongoing uncertainty regarding NPAH funding. HA has provided a template letter which services can send to Federal, State and local politicians outlining their concerns over NPAH.
Shelter Tas is a signatory to this letter and a strong supporter of the campaign.

SHS e-Newsletter for Tasmanian Homelessness Agencies
The SHS eNewsletter is now available. Click here to read.

Final Report on Welfare Review Released
The final report from the reference group on welfare reform, lead by Patrick McClure, was released last week. The report has recommended streamlining income support into five key payments: A tiered working age payment, a supported living pension, a child and youth payment, carer payment and aged pension (although the aged pension was excluded from review). The review does not address payment rates, however notes that income support payments 'should be adequate enough to provide a basic, acceptable standard of living and to cover the basic costs of participation'.  

Click here to read the Executive Summary of the report. 

Factoid of the Week I Private Rental Dwellings

Only 57% of the private rental dwellings affordable for low–moderate income households are occupied by such households.
AHURI evidence review #71.

Media Releases
Three Strikes Policy to Protect Residents from Anti-Social Behaviour
Minister for Human Services, Thursday 5th March 2015. Click here.

Local Communities to Benefit from Community Support Levy Grants
Minister for Human Services, Wednesday 4th March 2015. Click here.

Research and Articles

Public housing tenants to be hit by three-strikes policy
The Mercury, Friday 6th March 2015. Click here.

Changes in the private rental system and the effects of long-term private rental

AHURI, Wednesday 4th March 2015. Click here.

Disability funding backflip fuels calls for certainty from NFP Sector
Pro Bono News, Tuesday 3rd March, 2015. Click here.

Housing less affordable in every state
The Adviser, Thursday 5th March 2015. Click here.

Decreased housing affordability to affect retirement
Money Management, Wednesday 4th March 2015. Click here.

Events and Training
More Training Units Available Through Shelter Tas
Units of accredited training from the Centre for Training in Social Housing (CTSH) are still available. They are available to Shelter Tas members from the affordable housing and homelessness sector at a subsidised rate of 80%, supported by Skills Tasmania (the employer contribution is just 20% of the total cost). Units can be taken individually, or as part of the Certificate IV in Social Housing. There are only 12 places available in each unit, so enrol now to make sure you don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity. The next units of study are ‘Establish and monitor a case plan’ (starting 23rd March for 5 weeks, via eLearning) and ‘Undertake case management’ on 21st April in Launceston (venue to be confirmed). All course details and enrolment forms can be found at the Shelter Tas website. Please complete and return enrolment forms to you have any questions, please contact Kevin Saide, CTSH Training Manager on (02) 9281 1744 ext 215 or the Shelter Tas office on (03) 6224 5488.   

From Frustrated to Fantastic! Consumer Engagement Forum

The ATDC (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council) is holding a panel discussion for leaders and consumers to share their experience of consumer engagement and to learn more about Consumer Engagement in the AOD sector. The workshops are free of charge and will be held in March in HobartLaunceston and Burnie.  Please contact Amanda Street on 6363 2074 or email for more information.

Other News
Position Vacant - Development Officer, Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania (NHT)
NHT, the peak body for Neighbourhood and Community Houses and centres throughout Tasmania, are seeking a part-time Development Officer.  The suitable candidate will have a strong sense of social justice, high energy levels, an ability to prioritise and a commitment to supporting communities, along with the ability to identify and work with the strengths of individuals and communities.  For more information please contact Liz Crane or John Hooper at NHT 6228 6515 or email or  Applications close on Wednesday 11th March.

Back by popular demand The Vagina Monologues returns to Hobart
Based on interviews with women about their experience of their bodies and of living as a woman, The Vagina Monologues is back with a unique cast featuring three prominent Tasmanian women from different sides of politics – Lara Giddings, Cassy O’Connor and Jacquie Petrusma. 
Dates: Friday 27th and Saturday 28th March, 7pm (doors open at 6pm).
Venue: Stanley Burbury Theatre, University of Tasmania, Churchill Avenue, Sandy Bay, Hobart. (The venue is wheelchair accessible and has a hearing loop. Auslan sign language interpreters will be available on Saturday 28 March).
Cost: $30 full, $20 concession, Champion and Friends packages available (see for details).
Book: On-line at (To purchase tickets by cheque or cash contact
All funds raised from this event will go towards the international V-Day campaign to stop violence against women and girls, and will support local organisations, A Fairer World and SHE.

INTERSEXION - a Film and Forum on Gender and Sexuality
Come along to a free film and forum on Thursday 12th March at the Annexe Theatre, 2-4 Invermay Rd, Launceston.  The film documents the travels of Mani Mitchell, a change agent and educator and someone who identifies as an intersex person, as she meets and speaks with individuals from a number of countries about gender and sexuality. Click here for the full program.

Westpac Foundation Community Grants
Westpac Foundation Community Grants encourage local not-for-profit organisations that have a big idea to change lives for the better to apply for funding.  Community organisations that meet the eligibility criteria can apply for a community grant of up to $10,000.  For further information click here.  Applications close at noon, 24th March 2015.

Calvary Community Council Grants
Tasmanian community organisations are invited to apply for support under the Calvary Community Council’s first grant round for 2015.  The Calvary Community Council Grants Program assists Tasmania to build a healthier and happier community through support for events and activities that make a positive difference to society. The following areas of community have been identified for funding: nutrition, early childhood, older people, oral health, marginalised groups.
For further information click here.  Applications close 31st March 2015.

GIRL (Girls in Real Life) Mentoring Program 2015
Hobart College is seeking suitable women to volunteer as mentors for the GIRL (Girls in Real Life) Mentoring Program for 2015.  The aim of the GIRL Mentoring Program is to raise female students’ aspirations and awareness of life and/or career choices. As a mentor you will assist students to make decisions about their future.  You will be asked to attend five workshops throughout the year and the graduation ceremony at the end of the program.  The program will start on Thursday 26th March 2015. If you are interested in being a mentor, or know anyone who is, and would like further information please contact: Sarah Taylor, at Hobart College, by Email or 6220 3494.

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